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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Mar 15, 2005 10:00am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Educational filmmaker, Sy Wexler dies at 88.

Sy was a great educational filmmaker - part of Churchill-Wexler Films, one of the big educational film companies in the 1960s and 1970s. Churchill-Wexler Films made hundreds of educational shorts over the years.

Sy made one of my favorite films, Squeak the Squirrel. On the surface the film is about a squirrel who figures out how to get a peanut attached to a string, but viewing it as an adult I find myself identifying with Squeak as a working-class hero. I've uploaded the film to the AV Geeks section of the Internet Archive and it can be seen here.

Here's some links about Sy and his work:
New York Times Obit
Piece on NPR's All Things Considered including an interview with his son Howard.

Also, Sy helped work on the Frank Capra WW2 propaganda "Why We Fight" series, which can be found here.

War Comes To America

Divide & Conquer
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This post was modified by AV Geek Skip on 2005-03-15 18:00:15

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Mar 15, 2005 9:59am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Educational filmmaker, Syd Wexler dies at 88.

That NPR audio piece is great!